SOURCE: Airwide Solutions

Airwide Solutions

October 14, 2009 09:00 ET

Airwide Expands Mobile Security Offerings to Address Increasing Amount and Sophistication of Mobile Malware and Spam

Company Partners With Sentry Wireless to Extend Protection to the Handset

BURLINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 14, 2009) - Airwide Solutions, the leading provider of next generation mobile messaging infrastructure, applications and solutions, today announced it has partnered with Sentry Wireless, a provider of patented firewall technology for SIM and handsets, to expand its mobile security offerings for wireless operators. Under terms of the agreement, Sentry will join the Airwide Solution Partner Program and Airwide will integrate Sentry Wireless' SpamGuard mobile security product into its AirGuard AntiSpam suite, providing mobile operators with an end-to-end, network-to-handset solution for guarding against spam, viruses, spoof, malware, fraud and phishing.

The recent iPhone SMS hacking scandal is the latest in a string of high profile mobile security breaches that demonstrate the vulnerability of mobile devices, particularly high-end smartphones, to malicious attacks that target users' private data and threaten an operator's brand. With the opening up of networks to third party applications and the mobile Web, as well as the market shift toward bundled SMS, subscribers must be protected from fraudulent parties and unwanted content. In response to these increasing threats, Airwide and its security Solution Partners offer mobile operators integrated, network-to-handset anti-spam solutions that shield subscribers from unwanted or dangerous messages and keep costs and potential churn down for operators.

By analyzing and monitoring all messaging traffic on the network regardless of its point of origin, Airwide's AirGuard AntiSpam protects against attacks originating from inside and outside the home network. Now with the integration of Sentry Wireless' SpamGuard technology, operators will also be able to offer a mobile device client that allows subscribers to report spam via a single click. Reports are logged in a central reporting system where spam classification is performed and propagated to enforcement points in the network. This enhanced security offering is fully integrated and supported globally by Airwide and governed by the company's standard Service Level Agreement.

"The opportunity for application-based services is enormous, but it also brings risk; opening up the network to new applications and content also inevitably invites fraudulent and malicious attacks," said Jay Seaton, CMO of Airwide Solutions. "With the potential to significantly slow the uptake of emerging services like mobile finance or mobile marketing, Airwide realizes the urgency with which these security threats must be addressed. We welcome the addition of premier mobile security providers like Sentry Wireless to our Global Alliance Network to provide operators with the ability to completely protect their subscribers."

"It is clear that mobile spam is rapidly increasing and is a major problem for mobile operators," said Graham Herbert, vice president of sales at Sentry Wireless. "SpamGuard uses Sentry Wireless' award-winning and patented technology to enable subscribers to identify and block spam in 'one click' using a client on the SIM or handset. This is the only spam solution that is visible to the subscriber and demonstrates that their operator is taking proactive action against messaging abuse. We are delighted to be working with Airwide Solutions and believe that SpamGuard provides a perfect complement to their comprehensive security offering."

Partner Ecosystem Supports Synergy with Third Party Applications

The rise of mobile applications and services is fundamentally changing the mobile industry, and Airwide's Solution Partner Program is designed to address the needs of operators and developers in capturing this opportunity, particularly in areas of critical importance like mobile security. In keeping with Airwide's recently-announced Open Services Framework, the agreements with Sentry Wireless and other mobile security solution partners in Airwide's Global Alliance Network allow operators to enhance third party applications with a whole new level of mobile security, adding value and ensuring that the trusted relationship between operator and subscriber remains strong and well-protected even in the current environment where the thousands of third party applications available could potentially erode the operator/subscriber relationship. The program offers operators access to a broad range of solutions from partners in areas of high interest including: personalization, security, mobile financial services, mobile marketing and advertising, content, social networking and interactive media.

Solution Partners are members of Airwide's Global Alliance Network whose members have helped more than 80 operators worldwide.

For more information on Airwide Solutions' Open Services Framework or Solution Partner Program, please visit www.airwidesolutions.com

About Sentry Wireless Products

Sentry Wireless is an award-winning provider of mobile security solutions. Using their proven and patented firewall technology for SIM and handsets, the company offers a range of solutions covering SMS spam, parental control, expenditure control and have installations in Europe and Asia. Sentry Wireless is exclusively focused on solutions for mobile operators. Kidsafe was the first handset or SIM based parental control solution to be branded by mobile operators and offered to subscribers.

SpamGuard addresses one of the biggest frustrations that subscribers experience -- the inability to deal with SMS spam. It sets the standard for early identification and reporting of new spam attacks. For the first time, subscribers are empowered to be part of the solution and not just victims of the problem. Sentry Wireless' unique solution complements and interfaces into the core messaging infrastructure. SpamGuard enables mobile operators to significantly reduce customer service calls being received, protects their SMS revenue and optimizes network capacity.

Sentry Wireless is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. Fore more information on Sentry Wireless, please visit www.sentrywireless.com or call +353 1 657 2959.

About Airwide Solutions

Airwide Solutions is the leading provider of next-generation mobile messaging and wireless internet infrastructure, applications and solutions. Its products have helped more than 140 wireless operators worldwide drive mobile messaging usage and revenues and enable them to leverage multiple delivery channels and next-generation infrastructure in new and more powerful ways. With a history of industry firsts -- including the first text message ever sent, the introduction of the first SMS router, the first A2P MMS push gateway and mobile service control which enables mobile context, personalization and profiling -- the company continues to pioneer new technologies. Airwide's open, tiered Fusion architecture offers mobile operators advanced revenue options, a practical pathway to Mobile Messaging 2.0 and a foundation to bridge mobile messaging and the mobile internet.

Airwide Solutions operates globally with offices in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, India, the Middle East and Africa. For more information about Airwide Solutions, please visit www.airwidesolutions.com.

Airwide is a registered trademark of Airwide Solutions. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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